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Holland to direct Stephen King’s The Ten O’Clock People

June 6th, 2012 by Big Phil Comments

Stephen King (above) adaptations are more often misses than hits, so we’re always a little aprehensive when we hear the latest is a story we really, really love…

Director Tom Holland – Child’s Play, Fright Night – is set to direct at TV movie version of  Stephen King’s short story The Ten O’Clock People, from King’s superb collection Nightmare’s And Dreamscapes.
Holland has already directed two King stories in the form of The Langoliers and Thinner, so we aren’t awfully excited.
The story itself is similar in many ways to John Carpenter’s classic They Live and tells the story of Brandon Pearson who, while trying to quit smoking, makes a startling discovery about the people around him… many of whom many not even be human.
Deadline write: “The tale was inspired by King’s own struggles with a smoking habit. This was Stephen trying to deal with his cigarette jones and the fairly new no-smoking laws back in the ’90s’.
“Holland said. ‘This film will be a modernization of the original short story, a paranoid suspense piece.’
“The film goes into production this summer, produced by Making Ten O’clock Productions and Holland’s Dead Rabbit Films with Nathaniel Kramer and E.J. Meyers producing.”

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